Year: 1993 Source: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, v.87, (1993), p.118-122 SIEC No: 19930153

A test of validity of the psychiatric diagnoses obtained by the psychological autopsy procedure is described in a consecutive series of 67 adolescent suicide victims. It was found that specific associations between subject diagnosis & familial rates of illness were demonstrated for major depression, bipolar illness, conduct & antisocial disorder & substance abuse. These results provide support for the validity of diagnoses obtained through the psychological autopsy procedure. (25 Refs.)